Program Description and Financial Aid Application Process

The JD/MPP and JD/MPA/ID joint degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive two degrees in four academic years. Once you are admitted to one of these programs, you will be enrolled for one full year at the Law School and one full year at the Harvard Kennedy School in the first two years; either can come first. In the third and fourth years you will be enrolled jointly at both schools.

Your Student Bill

You will be charged 100% tuition and fees for the school at which you are enrolled full-time during the first two years. In your third and fourth years of the program you will be charged 75% HLS tuition and 25% HKS tuition as well as a $300 program fee. The Law School Student Financial Services office will process your aid for the year you attend full-time and the two joint years (see chart below). All charges and financial aid credits will appear on one bill.

Scenario 1:

Year in Attendance School in Attendance School Processing Aid
Year 1 Law School Law School
Year 2 Harvard Kennedy School Harvard Kennedy School
Year 3 Law School /Harvard Kennedy School Law School
Year 4 Law School /Harvard Kennedy School Law School

Scenario 2:

Year in Attendance School in Attendance School Processing Aid
Year 1 Harvard Kennedy School Harvard Kennedy School
Year 2 Law School Law School
Year 3 Law School /Harvard Kennedy School Law School
Year 4 Law School /Harvard Kennedy School Law School

Your Student Budget:
While you are in your third and fourth years of this program, your student budget will be adjusted to reflect costs associated with your joint degree. The budget will include a $300 program fee and you should not be charged the $100 HKS active file fee by the Kennedy School. The Law School will also give you a JD/MPP, MPA/ID budget increase, which is not eligible for grant assistance. See the comparison chart below for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Budget Category How To Calculate Amount for 2015-2016
Tuition 75% HLS $42,900
25% KSG $11,424
Books & Supplies 75% HLS $956
25% KSG $387
Room/Board/Personal Full HLS Room/Board/Personal $21,373
Fees Full UHS fee $1,042
Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan* $2,390
Joint Program Fee $300
Travel Full HLS Travel $1,500
JD/MPP, MPA/ID Budget Increase KSG Room/Board + KSG Personal/Travel minus HLS travel, and HLS Room/Board/Personal $3,191
Loan Fees Full Stafford loan fees $220
Total Budget $85,683

Since the budget increase is not eligible for grant assistance, we would use the following budget to determine your eligibility for grant assistance:

Budget Category How To Calculate Amount for 2015-2016
Tuition 75% HLS $42,900
25% KSG $11,081
Books & Supplies 75% HLS $938
25% KSG $387
Room/Board/Personal Full HLS Room/Board/Personal $21,373
Fees Full UHS fee $1,042
Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan* $2,390
Joint Program Fee $300
Travel Full HLS Travel $1,500
Loan Fees Full Stafford Loan fees  $220
Total Budget $82,492

*Please note that under Federal student aid regulations, an allowance for the Harvard Student Health Insurance Plan may be included in the student’s budget only for students who enroll in the plan. For students who waive this coverage, the allowance will not be given and the total student budget will be reduced by the amount of the plan fee. Students may request upon appeal to have the documented cost of an alternate health insurance plan for which the student pays added to the student’s budget.

Summer Work Requirement

You will be held to the same summer work requirements as all other Law School Students. See the Student Contribution from Income section for details on the summer work requirement.

Cash Advances and Refunds

If you are eligible for a cash advance or a refund, you will receive it after you have registered (and have completed your entrance interview – 1L’s only). All cash advance and refund checks are mailed to the official address on file with the Registrar’s Office unless you have direct deposit set up with the Student Receivables Office.

Other Requirements

Before graduating you will be required to attend an exit interview with either the Law School and/or the Kennedy School. Your exit interview will be held during your last semester at Harvard.